UPDATED: IPID Speaker Event with Professor Laura Seay

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You can't always get what you want (or need): real-world development research
Date:April 16th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Law School Rm 20
This event is free, but RSVPs are required as there is limited seating. Click here to RSVP using Eventbrite

IPID is excited to welcome Professor Laura Seay from Colby College to the University of Minnesota. As part of her trip, Professor Seay will be giving a talk that is free and open to the public titled "You can't always get what you want (or need): real-world development research."

Professor Seay's research is centered around the study of community responses to conflict and U.S. foreign policy in Africa's Great Lakes region.  She is currently finishing a book, Substituting for the State, about the role non-state actors play in governing the eastern DRC in response to the Congolese state's weakness in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. 

She is also engaged in a new project on the effects of U.S. legislation designed to mitigate conflict in central Africa and in 2014, she is leading an impact evaluation of a large community-based reconstruction (CBD) governance intervention in four Congolese provinces.
Her research and teaching interests include qualitative and mixed methods, African politics and development, and post-conflict state reconstruction. Prof. Seay has also worked with the World Bank in Nigeria on efforts to improve the national primary health care system through evaluating the implementation of a results-based finance system, with particular attention to reducing instances of maternal, infant, and child mortality by removing demand-side barriers to system access.

Immediately following the talk, we will be holding a happy close by the Law School from 4:30 - 6pm. Location TBD.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating talk! It is important to RSVP for any events you plan to attend so we have an accurate count for food!

If you are interested in joining Professor Seay for a small group lunch, please RSVP here

To join us for Happy Hour, please RSVP here

calvinandhobbes.jpgIPID Student Research Forum

Date: Thursday May 1

Time: 5-8pm

This event will be catered

Admission is free, but RSVPs required

We are mixing it up this year, folks.

IPID hosts a yearly event that started as an outlet for capstone and professional paper presentations. In some schools, students working on development projects are required to present to a group of peers or clients. This year, we have decided to combine this year's Project Presentation Session with the Student Speaker Conference to create our IPID Student Research Forum.

It sounds fancy, but rest assured there is no competition or grading. This is a chance for any graduate, professional, or post-graduate student to exhibit research or work that they have done that is connected to international development. Unlike the Student Speaker Conference which had a prescriptive theme, we simply want submissions for the Forum to involve international development in some way. Each presenter will have between 10-15 minutes to present their work, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Prospective presenters must complete a simple online submission form that includes contact information and a summary of the presentation that can be included in promotional materials. Submissions are due by Monday April 14 at 11:59pm.

Click here to submit a presentation for the Student Research Forum

Admission is free, and the event will be catered by an area restaurant. RSVPs are required.

Click here to RSVP to the Forum using Eventbrite

An agenda and bios of presenters will be made available one week before the event.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID), together with the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL), is hosting our biannual student speaker series. We are looking for papers from graduate students across the University of Minnesota to be selected for IPID's Spring 2014 Student Speaker Conference.
This semester the theme is Working Across Differences Towards a Common Goal. This can include public-private partnerships, social enterprise, cross-sectoral collaboration, conflict resolution or any other form of interdisciplinary work in the field of international development. This type of engagement falls under the broad theme of integrative leadership.
We define the theme broadly, seeking a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives on any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area. As our goal is to promote an interdisciplinary perspective of international development, we desire submissions from all University of Minnesota schools and departments!
Selected students will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. 
The deadline to submit your abstract and bio is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2014. Please send these (500 word limit for the abstract) to Rachel Herr-Hoyman (herrh110@umn.edu) by the due date and feel free to contact her with any questions.  
NOTE: all selected student speakers have the opportunity to submit a full paper by May 16th, 2014 to the Center for Integrative Leadership for selection for the Integrative Leadership paper award, to learn more please visit http://www.leadership.umn.edu/student_initiatives/student_leadership/index.html. Also note that students can also engage with the eJournal, Reconsidering Development. For more information regarding both opportunities please see the Speaker Selection Criteria below.

UPDATE: 2014 IPID Grant Information

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Greetings all,

Less than three weeks until the IPID grant applications are due! Some folks have had trouble with the IPID Grant form, in that there are limits to how much you can type into some of the fields.

We have tried to resolve this with an updated document. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause IPID grant applicants.

Please note that if for any reason you are not able to fill out a part of the form, you are welcome to submit a supplementary document (PDF preferred) in conjunction with the other forms.

You can find the updated form on the Grant Page here.

2014 IPID Board Elections

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Are you interested in being more involved with IPID on a strategic and programmatic level? IPID is now taking applications for 2014-2015 board elections. This is a great opportunity to get more involved on a university-wide level and become more experienced with strategic programming and group administration.


Submission Process

All positions are self-nominated. Individuals are required to submit the following information to Tatyana Venegas Swanson at veneg0008@umn.edu by 11:59pm on February 28.

  • Candidate's name, academic program and year
  • The office for which candidacy is sought
  • One paragraph describing your interests/experience in international development and your goals and aspiration for IPID and/or your role on the Board/Committee.
Voting Process
Voting in all of IPID's elections is open to all IPID members. IPID members are identified as those individuals on the IPID listserv. Voting will take place electronically using a survey link that will be sent out to the listserv, along with a voting deadline. All candidate biographies and IPID goals paragraph will be included in the online voting tool.

All election results will be posted on the IPID website and announced in the IPID email newsletter to the IPID listserv.

More information - including position descriptions and responsibilities - can be found in the document below. Good luck and please feel free to email any of the board members if you have any questions about their positions or responsibilities.


2014 IPID Grant Program Information

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Are you working or studying abroad at some point this year? You may be eligible to apply for the inaugural IPID grants for international student research and work.

The application period opens today - January 24 - and runs until March 14. Click here to check out our new page which has all of the information including guidelines, eligibility criteria, and downloadable application.
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Welcome Back!

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Greetings IPID members!

We hope you had a relaxing winter break. We will be bringing you a number of great events this semester, including a spring student speaker conference.

Check back here for more updates, and make sure you contact us if you would like to be added to the listserv.

Tech. in Development Conference - Agenda and Bios

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Below you will find the agenda as well as the speaker names and bios:

See you Friday!

  • Saleema Hamid - Branchless Banking in the Financial Inclusion of the Marginalized
  • Christiane Reilly - Technology in Development (ICT4D)
  • Bryan Runck - Development of Continuous Living Cover Breeding Programs to Enhance Agriculture's Contribution to Ecosystem Services
  • Alfonso Sintjago - Developing Personalized Learning Environments through Mobile Phones in the Dominican Republic
  • Kwame Adovor Tsikudo - GIS and Development in Africa: A Critical Perspective

2013 Conference Bios

2013 Conference Agenda

Student Speaker Conference!

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Check it out folks, and click here to register for free!


SAVE THE DATE! Fall 2013 IPID Student Speaker Conference

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Greetings IPID-istas,

We'd like to announce our Fall 2013 Student Speaker Conference. This event is free and open to the public, but there will be an RSVP required.

Technology in Development
Date: Friday, November 22
Time: 3:30-7:30pm
Location: Walter Library, Room 101

This event will be catered. More information and RSVP link coming soon!